Friday, December 23, 2011

Qiao-Wei dumplings (Taiwan)

As I mentioned previously, right before my trip to Taiwan, fellow food blogger Kung Food Panda sent me quite a few links on delicious food spots to check out while in Taiwan.

One in particular that caught my attention was a hole-in-the-wall dumpling place that sells scallop dumplings for only 7NT, or about 20 cents in US dollars. So cheap! And they looked yummy too. The video showed how popular the place is and how the owner makes the dough and mixes the filling herself.  They also offer yellow chive and pork dumplings and green garlic chives and pork dumplings for 5NT each, or about 15 cents.

When we arrived, the place was quite crowded. It’s a very tiny place and tables are cramped together. Luckily there was an empty table big enough to fit my family.

In the video, the host states that the dumplings are big enough that he only needs 5 dumplings and a bowl of the hot and sour soup to be full. Taiwanese people must really have small appetites because we all ate around 10-15.

The menu is pretty basic. A few types of dumplings, hot and sour soup, and some small cold appetizers.

The video also discussed that the restaurant is known for its hot and sour soup. We soon learned why. The restaurant is so basic that they don’t even serve water! This was the only restaurant I’ve ever been to like this. But as a result, you are almost forced to order the hot and sour soup. Or be really thirsty. I didn’t have my camera on me that night, so we took pictures with my brother’s camera.

We ordered a few bowls to share. The soup was pretty average. It wasn’t bad but nothing stood out either.

Scallop dumplings.

Each dumpling contains one whole small scallop. The outside dough skin is mixed with vegetables, creating the dark green hue.

The dough is handmade in the store and you can taste the slight chew of fresh made dumpling skin. This was my favorite of the three. I loved the scallop and the flavor of the dumpling skin.

Yellow Chive and pork dumplings.

Surprisingly the yellow chive dumplings and green chive ones cost the same even though yellow chives are more expensive than the green chives. These were pretty good too. Actually I liked all three dumplings we got, though my favorite was the scallop.

 

Pork and green garlic chive dumplings.

The filling was quite flavorful, with a generous helping of garlic chives in every bite.

We also got a few cold appetizers which were pretty good.

Seaweed salad

Marinated cucumbers

This place was a great little find. The dumplings were tasty and oh-so-cheap. Thanks KFP for the recommendation!

 

 

5 Responses to “Qiao-Wei dumplings (Taiwan)”

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    Alyssa — December 24, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Hey Kirbie, these dumplings look delicious! I’ve been craving pork and yellow chives, yummm.

    I had a question for you, do you have any recipes or know of any recipes for the marinated cucumbers? Ever since we came back from China, my boyfriend has been talking about how delicious the cucumbers are, but I haven’t been able to find a good recipe anywhere! Thanks!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 24th, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

      HI Alyssa! My mom makes it all the time but she doesnt have a recipe with exact measurements since she just sort of “eyes” it when she’s adding the ingredients. Here’s a recipe I found that looks very similar to hers: http://appetiteforchina.com/recipes/spicy-pickled-cucumbers/
      When my mom makes it she uses persian cucumbers. They are slimmer than the kirby/pickler cucumbers and have a really crunchy texture, which is one of the things that makes the cucumber dish so good. Also we dont add carrots. Hope this helps!

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    Ruby — December 26, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    If you like dumplings and can tolerate spicy food, I love Kimchi flavored ones! They’re not hard to find, a pretty common chain store “????” has them, and they’re my fave!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 28th, 2011 @ 1:17 am

      Thanks for the recommendation. Hmm, I’m not sure why characters aren’t coming through. I’ll look into that

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    Ruby — December 26, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    Uh, sorry the chinese characters didn’t come through. (The store is called “Ba Fang Yun Ji”).

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